East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) has taken delivery of two Škoda Enyaq 80 SUV electric models to provide zero-emission rapid response paramedic support across the region.
The electric motor’s 310Nm of torque is available instantly and the car will accelerate to 62mph in 8.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 99mph, which is ample performance to safely negotiate traffic and challenging roads.
Modifications have been made to the car to optimise range, and include lower consumption LED lighting, reduced-drag light bars and lightweight interior fittings.
Its interior space means it can easily accommodate the equipment, supplies and medication required for first responders.
Each rapid response vehicle in the East Midlands Ambulance Service covers an average of about 40 miles per day, therefore the Enyaq will be able to cover a 12-hour shift without needing to charge.
The Enyaq can be specified for Ambulance, Police and Fire Brigades across the UK via Škoda’s bespoke emergency service convertors.
This includes full integration of the emergency services’ communications platform within the existing Škoda infotainment touchscreen and 360-degree lighting.
Individual customer conversion requirements can also be catered for with Škoda’s approved specialist convertors.
Andy Watson, Fleet Assistant General Manager at East Midlands Ambulance Service, said: “We are always looking to improve the quality of our vehicles for our patients and our staff by constantly listening to valuable feedback.
“As part of this, we invited colleagues to review the three design prototype models, getting them to share their honest feedback before we proceeded with the conversion of the vehicles.
“Safety, comfort and practicality are our main priorities for both staff and patients alike.”S